Monday, January 28, 2013


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I got some sewing done and I’d like to tell you about it and ask a question.  I finally decided to tackle the Modern Monday Quilt Along quilt and put the blocks together.  I had hoped to do something different, but in the end I sashed each block and put them together in rows.  I chose three different gray fabrics for the sashings.  So I started out sashing these 21 blocks in a dark gray.
Then I sashed another 21 in a lighter gray fabric.
 Then I sashed the rest of the blocks in this light gray fabric!  Whew!  I was exhausted when I completed all that cutting, sewing and pressing!
 Then I placed the blocks on the family room carpet to get an idea of where I wanted them and gathered them together in marked rows.  That’s Mo helping in the background.  Why do cats think it is their duty to lay on any piece of fabric you place on the floor?  She’s probably not too happy at me right now because I shooed her away.
 Then, there was MORE cutting and pressing and stitching!!!!! 
Here are the blocks sewn together.
This is a close up.  Now, my question is, why do people complain about appliqué?  When I teach my freezer paper method of appliqué, people usually turn their nose up and complain about all that prep work.  Geeze!  It is no way as time consuming or back breaking as what I did this weekend!  And I’m not through yet! Now I have to study the quilt and try to figure out how on earth I’m going to quilt it!  Gads, what I don’t do for my grandson! ;O)

Check out the Calendar on the Sidebar
.  There are several new classes this week, including Fab Five Fun, Fast & Flirty with Carolyn E; Little Duffle with Cindy S.; E-Reader Cover with Sue.   You can see details about these and other classes on the calendar on the Sidebar or call the shop for information and to register.

On Another NoteVal Spiers Sews has a nice tutorial and links for making hexagon coasters!

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!


Ellie Q said...

Love your choice of using 3 different grays! This quilt top looks fantastic! Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Mama Pea said...

Haha! I'm one of those who thinks there's a lot of prep work in applique. I guess it's because I just want to get to sewing!

Caroll, I LOVE this! Your idea to do three different colors of sashing was brilliant. I never would have thought to do that, and it is just fantastic. I love how it turned out. You are amazing!

I'd keep the quilting simple...some kind of all over design, to not compete with all your great piecing.

If your grandson turns his nose up at this for any reason, you can just send it my way! :-) I love it!

Lynn said...

I love it with three sashing colors! I agree with Stephanie, a simple quilting pattern.

Annie said...

Caroll your quilt looks awesome! I too like your triple choice of sashing. I always applique with wonder under and satin stitch the raw edges. I'll have to look into this freezer paper method.

Allie said...

Oh girl it's just brilliant, I LOVE the 3 different greys - this quilt is just stunning!!! I'd go for a simple stipple on the quilting, just to make sure all the seams were taken care of...not that I can actually DO a stipple, lol. Especially if it will be heavily used, I'd worry about all the small seams.

I too wonder why folks complain about applique, lol. All that piecing seems like MUCH more work to me!

Mary said...

Love, love you quilt. It is going to be gorgeous.You have done a wonderful job on it. Have a super great week.

bobbi said...

I just had to add to the admiring comments adding up--your 3 color sashing is just the perfect solution to enhance all your blocks Caroll, congratulations!!!
Keeping up with you every day from afar and thank you for your great photos and posts!
Great big hugs from Germany,

Miss Nancy said...

Very, Very Nice!!! The three colors in the sashing are great. It makes the quilt. Well done! Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

GeeGee said...

Your quilt is awesome!! My grandson would love that, his favorite colors. I think I'n beginning to convert to modern quilts. Inject a smile here....

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